List of time capsules

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This is a list of time capsules. The International Time Capsule Society estimates there are between 10,000 and 15,000 time capsules worldwide.[1]

By country[edit]


On 29 September 1896, when the Perth Observatory foundation was laid, the occasion was attended by Sir John Forrest and other notable dignitaries. Several items of importance were placed in a 'leaden box', sealed and deposited in a cavity beneath the foundation stone. The local press reported the event and mentioned here since "Röntgen rays tubes, and a description of the process, together with specimen photographs", donated by X-ray pioneer William John Hancock were included in the cache.[2] This is the first known instance of a time capsule in Western Australia, and in Australia.

Also in Western Australia, in celebration of the laying of the foundation stone of the Northam Railway Institute on 28 July 1897, laid by Mrs. Ann Throssell, the wife of the Commissioner of Crown Lands and local MP George Throssell, a bottle containing two copies of the Northam Advertiser newspaper and several coins was laid in a cavity beneath the foundation stone.[3]

In celebration of its golden jubilee, Epping Boys High School of Sydney buried a time capsule in the foyer of its library, in 2007, to be unearthed in the centenary year. A previous time capsule was buried in 1982 to celebrate the silver jubilee. The town of Cowra in central Western New South Wales contained a time capsule which was buried near a sculpture of an eagle in the park not far from the town's information center. The capsule was opened in the year 2000 on an unspecified date, although the sculpture remains, there is no mention of the time capsule once buried there. [Source unavailable]. A time capsule is also located at Nailsworth Primary School in South Australia, being planted in 2001 to be opened in 2025, this capsule was planted to replace the 1977 capsule opened the same year.[4] A time capsule is also present on the grounds of Melbourne High school in Victoria.[citation needed]

A time capsule on Canberra's City Hill was unveiled on 11 March 2013 to commemorate the city's centenary. It is to be unsealed in 2113[5]


In celebration of its 150th corporate anniversary, Bacardi Limited installed a 1.82m x 0.30m stainless steel time capsule, encased in a granite cap and cement pedestal, in front of the Bacardi worldwide headquarters in Bermuda. The capsule was placed in December 2012 and is intended to be opened in 2062, at the company's 200th anniversary.[6]



  • Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had buried a time capsule outside one of the gate of Red Fort complex, Delhi containing post-independence history of India on 15 August 1972 amid political opposition. It was scheduled to be opened after 1000 years. The next Janata government unearthed it in 1977 but its contents were never made public and were lost.[8][9][10][11]
  • A time capsule was buried in the presence of the President of India near the auditorium of IIT Kanpur on 6 March 2010.[12][13]
  • Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar containing the history of Indian state of Gujarat marking the golden jubilee of its foundation. Installed in 2010.[14][15]
  • Alexandra Girls' English Institution, a school in Fort, South Mumbai buried a time capsule in 2014, scheduling it to be opened on 1 September 2062, on the bi-centennial anniversary of the school.[16]



  • In Aktau, people of 1967 sent a message showing the chronology of the development of Mangyshlak Peninsula with the names of the people who helped to build the town in the desert. The letter was put in a metallic cylinder in a triangular marble urn. It is scheduled to be opened in November 2017.[17]


  • Prisoners from the Auschwitz concentration camp concealed bottles containing sketches[18] and writings[19] that were found after World War II.
  • In 2016, a copper-cylinder time capsule dating to 1934 was found beneath the former Nazi training facility in the Ordensburg Krössinsee building in Złocieniec, Poland.[20] The time capsule, which contained photographs, newspapers, coins, and two copies of Hitler's Mein Kampf, was retrieved by researchers who navigated through thick concrete, German mines, and groundwater.[20]



  • In early 2016, beneath the foundation stone of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, a shoebox-sized time capsule from June 18, 1843 was discovered and was found to include a prayer booklet and newspapers, and international coins.[22] The capsule is thought to have been buried by French Catholic missionary priests and other founding communities of Singapore.[22]


  • An 1834 time capsule was discovered in 2009 under a statue of Miguel de Cervantes in Madrid. It contains a guide and four volumes of the 1819 edition of Don Quixote.[23]
  • A time capsule was buried in Motril, Granada. It will be opened on July 22, 2023 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the cantonal movement.[24]

United Kingdom[edit]

  • Kingussie, Scotland: in August 2015 workers discovered a metal box containing a newspaper from 29 September 1894, a paper scroll and a bottle believed to contain whisky.|[25]
  • Macclesfield, Cheshire: in April 2010 an urn container from 1876 was found under a granite slab in the United Reformed Church. The content (newspapers and photographs) was perfectly preserved.[26]
  • The children's television show Blue Peter have buried several time capsules during the programme's run. Ones buried in London in 1971 and 1984 were opened in January 2000. A third was then buried to be opened in 2029, which has since been relocated to Salford, Greater Manchester. One was also placed under the Millennium Dome in London in 1998, to be opened in 2050,[27] but was accidentally unearthed and damaged during construction work in 2017. It will be reburied once it has been repaired. [28]
  • Southampton, Hampshire: a 1935 message in a lemonade bottle, correctly portending difficult times lying ahead, was found in 2016 by masons restoring damaged Portland stone at Southampton Guildhall.[29]

United States[edit]

In space[edit]




Dates of opening of already opened capsules.

Date Location Installation date Cite
1957 Wall Street, New York City 1888
1966 Palatka, Florida 26 June 1905
1996 Perth Observatory, Perth, Australia 30 September 1896 [2]
February 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah 1959 [44]
July 2012 Vulkanny in the Yelizovsky district of Kamchatka 1979 [45]
January 2013 Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY 1954 [35]
11 January 2013 Fort Collins, Colorado YMCA 6 June 1907 [46]
22 April 2013 First Lutheran Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 22 April 1913 [47]
February, 2015 Cocoa Beach, Florida, Doubletree Hotel 2001

Scheduled openings[edit]

Scheduled opening dates for already installed capsules.

Opening date Location Installation date Cite
July 2018 Santa Clara, California 2003
22 March 2022 Tequesta, Florida 2012
2026 Hubbard, Ohio, Public Library Building 1976
13 July 2037 Goodhue County, Minnesota 2012
13 July 2037 Alcatraz, California 1973
July 2037 Life Center, Tampa, Florida 2012
2041 Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida[48] January 17, 2017
August, 2045 Cocoa Beach, Florida 2009
27 September 2048 Cocoa Beach, Florida Public Library 1998
January 2055 Merrick Park, Coral Gables, Florida 2005
December 2062 Bacardi corporate headquarters, Hamilton, Bermuda 2012 [49]
16 May 2063 City Hall, Cape Canaveral, Florida 2013 [50]
2064 Project Mercury 1964
May 3–9, 2070 In front of Douglas County Court House, Eastman, Georgia 1970 [51]
3 March 2073 Goodhue County, Minnesota 2012
July 2075 Cocoa Beach, Florida ?
March 2077 Cape Canaveral, Florida ?
2092 Liberty Bell Museum, Melbourne, Florida ?
2094 Denver, Colorado, Denver International Airport March 19, 1994
2 February 2101 Fort Pierce, Florida public library 2001
September 2110 Santiago, Chile 29 September 2010 [52]
November 27, 2112 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Headquarters, Bethesda, Maryland November 27, 2012 [53]
13 December 2112 Bacardi corporate headquarters, Hamilton, Bermuda 13 December 2012 [49]
2018, 2068 2968 Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument Amarillo, Texas Built in 1968 [34]
31 December 2999 Chinook Centre Calgary, Alberta, Canada Sealed in 2000
6939 Flushing Meadow Park 1939 (Westinghouse Time Capsules)
8113 Oglethorpe University, Brookhaven, Georgia 1940 (Crypt of Civilization) [32]
Oct 12th, 2022 Natick Mall, Natick, MA, USA Apr 26th, 1994


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  13. ^ "Tech school buries history for posterity". Nature India. Springer Nature. 2010. doi:10.1038/nindia.2010.84. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "State’s time capsule to be installed at Mahatma Mandir today". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. June 7, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Blemish buried in buried history". The Telegraph. 15 August 1973. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
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  17. ^ Aktau: Years, people, memories... on 13 October 2011
  18. ^ Macbeth, Alex (January 17, 2012). "'Witness to Extermination': Auschwitz Museum Publishes Prisoner Sketchbook". Der Spiegel. Archived from the original on April 18, 2016.  Detailed sketches were found in a camp barracks in 1947.
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  20. ^ a b Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae (September 16, 2016). "Nazi time capsule: Newspapers, photographs and copies of Mein Kampf found ‘perfectly preserved’ in Poland". The Independent. Archived from the original on October 11, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Time capsule found under the statue of Lenin in Moscow". 2012-07-25. Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
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  23. ^ "Abierta la cápsula del tiempo en MSN Vídeo". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  24. ^ Publicado por MD. "motril digital: Motril albergará la segunda cápsula del tiempo existente en España". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  25. ^ "121-year-old time capsule found at bridge near Kingussie". BBC. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Time capsule dating back to 1876 discovered buried underneath church memorial". 2010-04-29. Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
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  28. ^ "Blue Peter time capsule dug up 33 years early". 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  29. ^ "'Message in a bottle' discovered in Southampton". ITV. February 9, 2016. Archived from the original on February 10, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Centralia PA Time Capsule opened early". Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
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  33. ^ Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, The Story of Westinghouse Time Capsule of cupaloy (1939)
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  37. ^ "Time capsule provides glimpse into Fort Collins' past". 2010-04-29. Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
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  43. ^ Louisville Bicentennial Time Capsule
  44. ^ Forgotten time capsule discovered, by Hunter Schwartz, Deseret News, 5 March 2012
  45. ^ Time Capsule Found Under Lenin Statue, Moscow TImes, 20 July 2012
  46. ^ Time Capsule Provides Glimpse into Fort Collins' Past, by Pat Ferrier,,11 January 2013
  47. ^ A century-old time capsule is opened in an OKC church; by Rachael Cervenka, Oklahoma Gazette News, 22 April 2013
  48. ^ "Santa Fe Clock Tower Dedication and Time Capsule Ceremony Tuesday, January 17, 2017". 
  49. ^ a b Releas Bacardi celebrates culmination of its milestone 150th anniversary with time capsule to be opened in 50 years 13 December 2012
  50. ^ Cape Canaveral time capsule filling up fast, by Rick Neale, FLorida Today, 3 May 2013
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  52. ^ "Cápsula Bicentenario quedó enterrada por un siglo en Plaza de Armas" [Bicentennial Capsule was buried for one century in Plaza de Armas]. Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos (in Spanish). Santiago. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  53. ^ APMA

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